Poetry Hour with Sharea D. Harris, Chris Mason, Kondwani Fidel and Aurora Engle-Pratt
September 24, 2016
Inner Harbor Stage Presented by Towson University
Creative Writer, instructor, and consultant Sharea D. Harris loves connecting people with composition. Recently, she's completed her Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and Publishing Arts at University of Baltimore where she also works as an instructor for the College Readiness Academy. Sharea has the most fun when she works as consultant to some of Baltimore's favorite artists and thinkers. Her own projects include her first book of poetry, dic tion ary, and her stage play, Black Maggies. Her work as a writer and instructor has taken her abroad to Northern Ireland and Cuba.
Chris Mason is a member of 3 bands: The Tinklers, Old Songs, and Coocoo Rockin Time. He is the author of Where To From Out (Furniture Press, Baltimore, 2013), Hum Who Hiccup (Narrow House, Baltimore, 2011), Click Poems (shabby editions, London, 1982), and Poems of a Doggy (pod books, Baltimore, 1977). He is, with David Beaudouin, co-curator of the Blabbermouth poetry reading series.
Kondwani Fidel is a Baltimore-based writer, spoken word artist, and speaker who City Paper calls "A Poet Laureate." He has been featured in The Huffington Post, Sky News, CNN and other international publications. Business Insider writes, “The 22 year old poet is now reaching people all over the world.” Kondwani has performed at New York City's Scholastic Headquarters, and countless educational institutions, such as University of Maryland, Virginia State University, and Helen Thackston Charter School in York City, Pennsylvania. Recently, Kondwani Fidel shared the stage with rapper KRS-One at Virginia State University, prominent political activist Angela Davis at Radford University, and Dreamville artist Ari Lennox at Georgetown University.
Aurora Engle-Pratt is a poet, artist, musician, and deadbeat cat dad living and working in Baltimore, MD. Her writing has appeared in a variety of publications including The Light Ekphrastic and The Avenue, and she has been a featured reader at venues around Baltimore including Ottobar, Atomic Books, La Bodega Gallery, EMP Collective, and The Crown. Her current project, Mediations, is a chapbook exploring boundaries, fluidity, and middleness.